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Save George Washington, get a statue – Casimir Pulaski

Brigadier General Casimir Pulaski was a Polish count who came to America to fight for freedom. He once saved George Washington’s life, but is best known for teaching American troops the discipline needed to fight the mighty British troops. Pulaski … Continue reading

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The Chess Players: It’s not over until it’s over

I’m telling you, the player on the left could still win this match. Come on, take the castle already. This game has been going on for an eternity. Well, at least since 1983. The Chess Players is one of those … Continue reading

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Who’s the boss? Why ‘Boss’ Shepherd, of course

George Washington may be the father of our country and namesake for the our town, but Alexander Robey Shepherd, better known as “Boss Shepherd,” is considered “The Father of Modern Washington.” Shepherd actually stopped an 1870s movement to relocate the … Continue reading

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Oh angel, why so sad?

I love statues in cemeteries. Angels intrigued me, especially when memorializing someone forever. Richard Rothwell and his wife Emma lie beneath a sighing angel in Congressional Cemetery. Rothwell was once paid by Congress for creating 20 centographs that remember late … Continue reading

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Joseph Henry was no ding-dong

The statue of the man who invented the doorbell stands before a building that has none. Then again, how many castles do? Joseph Henry was a 19th century scientist whose work in electromagnets led him to become the first Secretary … Continue reading

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Jack Swigert – an American hero

Combat pilot, test pilot, astronaut and elected to Congress – it was quite a life for John Leonard “Jack” Swigert, Jr. A bronze statue of the Colorado Congressman-to-be stands in the Capitol Visitors Center. Made by George and Mark Lundeen, … Continue reading

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By the shores of gitchigoomie

Maybe it’s ironic that the man who wrote “Paul Revere’s Ride” is remembered in the middle of a busy intersection. A bronze statue of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow is at Connecticut and M Sts. N.W., one of the busier crossroads in … Continue reading

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Scott: best general of whom you’ve probably never heard

The legend says all statues face the White House. It’s not true, though this one does. Gen. Winfield Scott’s statue lies in the three-sided circle of Massachusetts and Rhode Island Aves. and 16th St. N.W. just blocks from the White … Continue reading

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Eleftherios Venizelos: Maker of Modern Greece

OK, I admit knowing nothing of Eleftherios Venizelos when coming across the statue along Embassy Row on Massachusetts Ave. by the Greek embassy. But that’s the cool part of being a tour guide – you learn, learn and learn. Venizelos … Continue reading

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Jose Artigas – The Gaucho Statue

He stands on a spit of land at 18th and Constitutional Aves., but Jose Artigas is another of the giants of South American revolution that dominate the blocks around the Organization of American States building. Artigas was a gaucho, typically … Continue reading

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The lady was a princess

Statues are normally not what I would call sexy. But, I stand corrected before Crown Princess Martha of Norway. Martha was born a Swedish princess who married Prince Olav of Norway in 1929 at age 28. The princess along with … Continue reading

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Rochambeau led French to America’s aid

Gen. Comte Jean de Rochambeau is shown in Lafayette Park as a major general of the Continental Army directing his arm with his outstretched right hand with an unfurled copy of the battleplan in his left. Underneath Rochambeau is the … Continue reading

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The man behind two metro stops – David Farragut

David Farragut — you know the person much be important when two metro stops are named for him. David Farragut was a Civil War admiral who uttered the saying now paraphrased, “Damn the torpedos, full speed ahead.” He said it … Continue reading

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John Paul Jones Memorial lost in traffic

One of the feistiest American admirals of all time has been marooned on a traffic island. John Paul Jones is on a spit of land at the intersection of 17th St. and Independence Ave. SW just a few yards from … Continue reading

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Po’pay shows New Mexico’s history

No image or written description exists, but there’s a statue of Po’pay in the National Statuary Hall in the U.S. Capitol Visitors Center. Interesting. Po’pay (ripe squash) was a spiritual leader in New Mexico who organized the Pueblo Revolt against … Continue reading

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Sarah Winnemucca remembered in CVC

Sarah Winnemucca was one of the early American Indians from the West to work with white settlers to influence 19th century policies. A member of the Northern Paiute tribe in northern Nevada, Winnemucca was one of the first American Indians … Continue reading

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A statue for Len Bias? Not so fast

News broke today that a Maryland lawmaker was withdrawing his bill for a $50,000 statue at Northwestern High for a statue of the late basketball star Len Bias. That bit of news went across the local sports landscape like a … Continue reading

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Admiral Byrd stands tall at Arlington National

Admiral Richard Byrd was simply one tough hombre. He was the first man to fly over both the North Pole (1926) and the South Pole three years later. His expeditions, including five to Antarctica, mapped several hundreds of thousands of … Continue reading

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McPherson finds another occupation

Union Gen. James Birdseye McPherson is under siege once more – this time by protestors. The Occupy DC movement is encamped in McPherson Square, surrounding the Civil War general. Below the 12-foot equestrian statue atop a granite base are hundreds … Continue reading

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Ben Franklin remembered as leading Colonial journalist

One of my tour companies picks up regularly at the Old Post Office Pavilion so I see the eight-foot marble statue of Ben Franklin quite often. I thought it was to honor him as the nation’s first postmaster general given … Continue reading

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